*Players welfare is our priority: BFN President Francis Orbih
*Krobakpo, Abah through to last 16
Three Nigerian players, Krobakpo Clement, Habeeb Temitope and Anuoluwapo Juwon Opeyori made the list of top 10 players in Africa in the latest World ranking published on Thursday.
According to the official website of the World Badminton Federation although no African made the top 100 in the World the three Nigerian Badminton players were in the top 283. With the ranking of players a function of International competitions attended and points gathered from such competitions.
Clement Krobakpo who just returned from Egypt to join other Badminton players in the ongoing 1st Katsina Golden star National Badminton Championship is second behind Egypt’s Adham Hatem Elgamal who is ranked 175th in the world. Having a point of 6,340 and 237th in the World Krobapo Clement who plays for NSCDC is second in Africa and Nigeria’s highest ranked Badminton player according to release by the World Badminton Federation.
Third in Africa is Habeeb Temitope 260th position in the world and second in Nigeria. Ghanaian Emmanuel Yaw Donkor is 4th in Africa and 266th in the World. Second ranked Egyptian, Mohammed Mustafa Kamel is 5th in Africa and 281st in the World.
Anuoluwapo Opeyori of Nigeria who beat Godswill Ifejirika to qualify for the last 16 of the ongoing 1st Katsina Golden star Badminton Championship on Thursday is 6th in Africa and 283rd in the World, he is closely followed by Zambia’s Kalombo Mulenga who is ranked 286th in the world and seventh in Africa.
Chongo Ezra Mulenga another Zambian is joined by Algerian Adel Hamek with a point of 4880 in 8thposition and both players are ranked 294th in the world while Egypt’s Ali Ahmed with a point of 4622 and ranked 305th in the world completes the top 10 in Africa.
Meanwhile, Danish player Vicktor Axelen retains his number one status in the World followed by India’s Srikanth Kidambi, Son wah ho of Korea holds the third spot, while the duo of Lin Dan and Cheng long of China complete the top five Badminton players in the World.
Players’ welfare is priority: President Badminton Federation of Nigeria (BFN) Barrister Francis Orbih, says the priority of the present board is the welfare of players at all levels.
“I may have sleepless nights for my players to be comfortable. They are human beings like me and they are also major stakeholders without whom this tournament will not take place”.
Orbih who was accompanied by some board members, expressed satisfaction with the general logistics which includes standard accommodation, feeding and means of transportation for the players who are participating in the 1st Katsina Golden star Badminton championship.
Some participating players and officials in a chat with www.badmintonnigeria.org said they are delighted with the concern shown by the BFN president Francis Orbih over their wellbeing stating that they have seen light at the end of the tunnel and expressed hope that the tempo would be sustained.
Krobakpo, Abah through to last 16
Nigeria’s highest ranked Badminton player, Krobapor Clement, led the way of star players who qualified for the quarter finals of the ongoing 1st Katsina Golden star National Badminton championship with a 21-12, 17-21, 21-6 victory over Adebayo Taiwo ranked 237th in the world. The NSCDC player admitted that the standard of the competition is high and he is under pressure to win the National championship.
“I just returned from Egypt and travelling down from Lagos to Kano by air before connecting Katsina by road took its toll on me but I must commend my opponent who also gave a good account of himself. It will be nice to win the championship but I know it won’t be easy’’.
Eneojo Abah, ranked 461st in the world who sailed into the quarter finals of the competition with a 21-12, 21-12 victory over Musa Waleed hailed the turnout of players and fans in the ongoing competition.
“We are happy to have the National championship again. Winning your first game makes you feel relaxed but truth be told the higher you go the tougher it becomes “he concluded.
In other results Kingsley Nelson of FCT beat Adolphus Azuine of Delta state 21-9, 16-21, 21-19. Simeon Akinsola of Ogun state in a very tough battle edged past Kayode Oyeniran of the Nigerian Army 22-20, 21 -18.
Godwin Olufa lived up to his billing with a 21-17, 21-14 victory over Yunusa Mommoh, Sola Abiodun fought back to beat Makansu Victor 12-21, 21-15, 20-22.
In the women’s category which started on Thursday Ruth Ebere of Golden Star beat Udoh Imelda in a keenly contested encounter 22-20, 21-15.
Zainab Alabi of Kwara state thrilled fans with a 22-20, 21-15 win against Asaba Bukola from FCT while Lois Makidh was dominant against Hope Adukwu to qualify for the round of 16.
Action resumes on Friday with the final holding on Saturday.